32 BCHL alums listed on NHL rosters

After a 107-day layoff, the NHL opens its regular-season schedule tonight and 32 BCHL alumni are listed on NHL rosters across the league.

This year is unique in many ways, but one significant change to roster formats is that each team is able to carry a taxi squad of five players who will practice and travel with the team, but not count toward the 23-man roster.

26 of those former BCHLers made the cut for the 23-man rosters, five are included on taxi squads and Detroit Red Wings defenceman and Trail Smoke Eaters alum Danny DeKeyser will start the season on injured reserve.

The Red Wings feature the most BCHL content with four players on their roster, although two are on the taxi squad and one is the aforementioned DeKeyser who is on injured reserve.

The Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators both lead the way with three former BCHL players apiece on their active 23-man roster.

Other BCHL alums that were at NHL training camps were either sent down to the minors or released from their pro tryout contract.

Here is a full list of former BCHLers on NHL rosters to start the 2020-21 regular season.

Anaheim Ducks

Derek Grant – Langley Chiefs
Danton Heinen – Surrey Eagles
Josh Manson – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Buffalo Sabres

Matt Irwin – Nanaimo Clippers

Calgary Flames

Milan Lucic – Coquitlam Express

Chicago Blackhawks

Duncan Keith – Penticton Panthers

Colorado Avalanche

Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles
Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees
Hunter Miska – Penticton Vees (taxi squad)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Riley Nash – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies

Detroit Red Wings

Dennis Cholowski – Chilliwack Chiefs (taxi squad)
Danny Dekeyser – Trail Smoke Eaters (injured reserve)
Troy Stecher – Penticton Vees
Kevin Boyle – Westside Warriors (taxi squad)

Edmonton Oilers

Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings
Kyle Turris – Burnaby Express

Minnesota Wild

Brad Hunt – Burnaby Express
Andrew Hammond – Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers (taxi squad)

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price – Quesnel Millionaires

Nashville Predators

Colton Sissons – Westside Warriors
Ryan Johansen – Penticton Vees
Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees

New Jersey Devils

Travis Zajac – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Ottawa Senators

Mike Reilly – Penticton Vees

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Tanev – Surrey Eagles

St. Louis Blues

Tyler Bozak – Victoria Grizzlies

Toronto Maple Leafs

Alex Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express

Vancouver Canucks

Jordie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies

Washington Capitals

Daniel Carr – Powell River Kings (taxi squad)
Justin Schultz – Westside Warriors

Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit – Cowichan Valley Capitals